Re: Heb 11:16b...

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Jan 03 1997 - 09:13:46 EST

At 3:39 AM -0600 1/3/97, Tom Launder wrote:
>Hi all,
>I have a question about Heb 11:16b....
>I have not been able to understand how the autous works in this
>sentence. Is the autous the subject of the complimentary infinitive
>epikaeisQai? Or is the autous the direct object with nothing to do with
>the comp. inf?
>What about the second Qeos? Is this indirect discourse? Why the
>nominative case?

This is relatively straightforward; I suspect it's the word order you find
confusing: (1) AUTOUS is the object of the complEmentary infinitive
EPIKALEISQAI; (2) the first QEOS is, of course, the subject of OUK
EPAISXUNETAI; the second construes with AUTWN ("god of them, their god")
and the phrase QEOS AUTWN functions as the predicate nominative with the
passive infinitive APIKALEISQAI--verbs like "call," "elect," "appoint,"
etc. take predicate accusative when the verb is active, predicate
nominative when the verb is passive.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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